The quality of football on the field at Raymond James Stadium improved in 2016 by an additional three wins.
Now the cost to see the new and improved Bucs will increase for some seats for those looking to attend games.
But still not as much as most other NFL teams at least. The Bucs went eight straight years without an increase until 2016.
It it also worth noting that for two thirds of the seats that are increasing, the new prices will be five dollars or less per seat per game. The Bucs still offer different plans and interest-free financing for those looking to become season pass members. Despite the increases for the second straight year, the Bucs are still expected to be in the bottom third of the average ticket price in the NFL.
Bucs COO Brian Ford issued this statement on Monday regarding the increases.
“Feeding off the tremendous energy and excitement of the recently completed 2016 season, we know that Bucs fans are already looking forward to what should be one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory. The upcoming 2017 season marks only the second time in the past nine years that we have had to increase member pricing. Our focus is always on providing our fans with a world-class atmosphere when they visit Raymond James Stadium and we are proud that we have been able to continue enhancing the game day experience while still maintaining one of the most affordable ticket prices in the NFL.”
DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Buccaneers have recently begun a new season pass marketing campaign on Buccaneers.com.
The Buccaneers are still in the process of upgrading Raymond James which made its debut in 1998, spending $140 million in the first phase of remodeling last offseason. The team completely revamped their video boards and sound system, in addition to remodeling the luxury suites. Continued improvements will go on through this offseason as well.
The Bucs have a very attractive home schedule for 2017 as both Super Bowl teams, the Patriots and Falcons, will visit Tampa Bay. In addition the Bucs will host the Panthers, Saints, Giants, Bears, Jets and Lions.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Supply and demand. haha The bucs are on the uptick and the Glazers are cashing in. Me , not living in Tampa, this doesn’t hurt me as much , but to those faithful that go every week, this might not go over well. Better put another strong product on the field this year. went to a game three years ago and wanted to go to one this year , as I haven’t seen the team since Jameis and the guys got there. We’ll see now.
The price of the tickets has never bothered me any more than when I go through the line at Publix or get my bill from Duke Energy. What I do want for my hard earned money is at least a reasonably enjoyable experience at the games.
I have great parking, great seats, I like the new stadium enhancements, the video boards are great, I rarely eat the food, but it looks more edible than in the past, and the team became much more competitive in 2016. All of these things that make the “in stadium experience” an enjoyable one can’t offset the infestation of the enemy fans (most of whom live right here) surrounding Scubog because the real Season Pass Members sell their tickets on Stub Hub. The guy right behind me sold his tickets to the opponent every game. I’d pay extra to have a Bucs fan in those seats.
It has to affect the team ( Koetter even said so) when their “home” stadium looks like a pumpkin patch with all of the Bronco jerseys or a goth rave on Halloween with the black of the Raiders. Of course the day-glow green or the Seahawks made them easy to spot as they exited the stands in shock.
This 2017 season s going to bring to town the totally spoiled Patriot fans, the obnoxious Giants fans and maybe even the Bears fans hoping their Urlacher jersey still fits. Won’t it be sweet when the mighty Bucs open a can of whoop ass on each them to spoil their vacation? And that my friends is what will stop them from coming. Maybe even get them to switch teams.
Thing is, as much as the fans from visiting teams bother me at time, ESPECIALLY the one who live HERE, there is only one way to enjoy their presence. Send them home losers. And when it happens as it did more frequently last season, it is a JOY to behold!
The cure is simple indeed, WIN THE GAME AT HOME!
BTW, I would NEVER sell my seats to fans of a visiting team. I have too much self respect and certainly respect the loyal fans around my seats who have been there for years. Good people who don’t deserve that crap.
just got an email about a total overhaul of my West Club area. I feel like the team is doing their part to justify the jump in prices, looking forward to the next 10 home games!
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